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Throwback Thursday: The Other Side



And when Jesus saw great multitudes about Him,

He gave a command to depart to the other side. –Matt. 8:18


After much time with the multitudes, healing the sick, Jesus commanded the disciples to cross the Sea of Galilee to the other side. This account continues in verse 23, as they get into the boat. Suddenly, a great storm arose. Storms are common on the Sea of Galilee. Most of the disciples were fishermen, and they were accustomed to storms. However, this storm frightened them greatly as the boat began to take on water.

Jesus, fully man and fully God, was tired, and He was sleeping. The cries of the disciples awoke Him, and He calmed the storm.

Why did Jesus command them to cross over with a storm in their path? He is omniscient – knowing all things. Why does He allow storms into our lives?

Obviously, the disciples needed stronger faith. In Matthew 8:26, Jesus said, “Why are you fearful, O you of Little faith?” The same question could be asked of us. Why are we fearful? Jesus Christ is with each of us just as He was in that boat with the disciples.

The disciples had been with Jesus witnessing many miracles. Yet, they were amazed when He calmed the winds and waves. Perhaps, they realized that only the Creator could control the creation.

History tells us that each one of the disciples was severely persecuted. As they faced their enemies, surely they remembered that stormy night. They remembered that they were not alone for Jesus was with them. They remembered His power and His miracles. The same is true for believers today. We can look back to times that Jesus has brought us through the stormy nights, and that reminder will calm our fears.

Jesus will allow storms to cross our paths. Do not fear, He is right there in the storm with us, and we will make it safely to the other side.

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.


Throwback Thursday: Convinced


 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord  -Rom. 8:38-39 NASV

What convinced Paul of eternal security in the love of God? God had revealed the gospel to him, but Paul had experienced the power of God throughout his Christian life. He had lived through most of the things listed above. Paul had been beaten, stoned, imprisoned, shipwrecked, hungry, cold, naked, and thirsty (2 Cor. 11:23-28) – just to name a few. He was constantly escaping death. Through all this, Paul learned that God never left his side. He gave him sufficient grace for the trial. He gave him strength when he was weak. Finally, when he was executed, Paul considered death to be gain (Phil. 1:21).

Look back at the darkest times of your life, your most painful memories, and your hardest battles. Those are the times when you will only see one set of footprints, because those were the times God carried you. Those were the times you saw the convincing proof and power of God’s love.

In my own life, I can look back to trials and see God’s hand in them. He has comforted my sorrows. He has walked with me when pain kept me from taking another step. He has enabled me to achieve things that were incredibly difficult.

Paul wrote to Timothy: “I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day” (2 Tim. 1:12b). Thank God today for His convincing love.

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.